KISS announce final 'End of the Road World Tour'. Will it really be the last one for the band this time?
The glam metal icons embarked on a farewell tour way back in 2000, but this time around, it could indeed be KISS' final outing, bringing an end to a 45 year live music career.
KISS have confirmed that they will embark on one final tour, before hanging up their capes (and makeup). The announcement came as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers appeared on America’s Got Talent on Wednesday night, after performing the iconic hit 'Detroit Rock City' on the show’s season finale.
“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t," the band confirmed.
"KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable,” they added.
The band is yet to announce dates for what will surely be a massive, sprawling, final tour, which is being dubbed the “End of the Road World Tour”, but a press release states that KISS' official website will have updates in the weeks to come.
Speaking to Swedish newspaper Expressen, KISS frontman Gene Simmons confirmed that the glam metal pioneers would return in the new year with the “most spectacular tour ever”. He added that it would also see the band visit “all continents”. He then added: “Let me put it bluntly: One day we are going to stop and do the last show. I don’t know when that is… I still look stunning in real life.”
It's worth noting that KISS have embarked on farewell tours in the past, only to return for more. The band embarked on a US Farewell Tour in March 2000, only to return three years later with the World Domination Tour. Whether the upcoming 'End of the Road' tour will indeed be the end of the 45-year touring career of the band remains to be seen.
Formed in NYC in 1973, KISS is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 25 million RIAA-certified albums. With their iconic makeup, outlandish outfits and electrifying live performances -- which often feature theatrics like fire-breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics -- they upped the ante in terms of live performances, inspiring a whole generation of glam metal acts.